DUSK OF DELUSION – World At War
The French metalcore/melodic metal combo Dusk of Delusion is back with a five-track EP where the hard-hitting music is accompanied by lyrics revolving around World War I, which is an incredibly interesting topic in and of itself.
With sharp, aggressive riffs and varied vocals, these guys churn out songs that certainly deliver a solid punch in the gut, but the use of clean vocals throughout sound somewhat out of place and unaligned with what is going on within each tune, which makes this a bit of an uneven listening experience. The production lacks neither clarity nor power, and there are several wicked melodies and good ideas present on the disc, but the different vocals do not complement each other as much as they could have here, which is frustrating as they undermine the quality of the riffs and melodies in general. The EP closer is a rather clever cover rendition of Status Quo’s immortal "In the Army Now", but despite the cool and creative arrangements the vocals are horrendous and more or less ruin the experience for yours truly.
What "World at War" succeeds at is conjuring up an intriguing and rich atmosphere, and the affair definitely comes across as the natural successor to their "Watch Your 6" full-length assault (2020) from a stylistic point of view. There are certain aspects of Dusk of Delusion’s music that I find appealing and impressive, but "World at War" is sadly not as musically rewarding as the aforementioned record from last year and if you are curious as to what these guys have to offer, I suggest you check that one out as opposed to "World at War".